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Writing Competitions

Writing competitions are a great way for students to sharpen their legal writing skills, get published, and possibly win cash prizes.

Please visit the AccessLex Institute for currently available legal contest opportunities.

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See also the American Bar Association's list of writing competitions and law student contests.

2024 Marshall M. Schulman Student Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, May 12, 2024
Grand Prize is $2500, the three honorable mentions are $1000.  More information can be found here.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 31st Annual Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2024          
First Place: $15,000
Second Place: $7,500
Third Place: $5,000
Finalists (two):$2,500
More information can be found here.
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2024  Entry Deadline: June 15, 2024          
The winning author will receive $3,000 and may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. More information can be found here. 

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